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U.S. EPA to Investigate Need for Fracking Regs

2:09 PM MDT | March 29, 2010 | Nancy Seewald

EPA plans to conduct a comprehensive research study to investigate the potential adverse effects of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking,” on water quality and public health. The agency’s decision has alarmed industry groups which maintain that oversight is best left to state and local authorities. Hydraulic fracturing, a process that drills cracks underground to withdraw gas or oil from coalbeds, shale, and other geographical formations, is not currently regulated by EPA under the Safe Drinking Water Act. “There are concerns that hydraulic fracturing may...

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